A Vincentian delegation, led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Louis Straker, met with senior officials from the Government of Ghana for the 5th preparatory meeting towards the first session of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)–Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra, Ghana.
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour, Saboto Caesar presented on issues and areas for cooperation in root crop production, fisheries, cocoa technology, breadfruit and ackee.
Caesar explained that with SVG cementing itself as the breadbasket of the southern Caribbean, there must be deepening of the diversification process.
He added: “… we must ensure that when it comes to food, SVG must be the country where you can get the supply of the widest variety of commodities.”
Ambassador Ellsworth John, non-resident ambassador-designate of SVG Ghana and Sandy Peters-Phillips, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, presented on the Africa, Brazil, Caribbean, and Diaspora Commission (ABCD) Commission for the advancement of trading opportunities and people to people exchanges.
The delegation participated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between both states at the First Session of the SVG-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation.
At the session, opportunities for tourism, culture, investment, trade, agriculture and youth development will be discussed.
The official visit to Ghana commenced on Monday and will end on Friday.